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A new survey from the U.S. Census Bureau found the Missouri uninsured rate remained steady at 9.1 percent in 2017 despite several Congressional attempts to gut the Affordable Care Act and the repeal of the individual mandate, the requirement that all Americans have insurance.

Missouri’s percentage of uninsured people is in line with the national rate of 9 percent. The number of uninsured people nationwide has been falling since 2013, when it was 13.4 percent.

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Missouri hospitals are providing less charity care than they did before the Affordable Care Act, according to a report by the Missouri Hospital Association.

But that's not necessarily a sign that hospitals are being stingy. According to the report's authors, that means more people can pay their medical bills.

It’s indicative of more people having insurance,” said Dave Dillon, spokesperson for the MHA. “The numbers for 2015 show very good progress.”

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The St. Louis-based safety-net healthcare provider ConnectCare will close its remaining facilities at the end of next week.

The Smiley Urgent Care Center, along with ConnectCare’s radiology, pharmacy, laboratory and preventative services will all close on Nov. 15.

The nonprofit organization, which served patients regardless of their ability to pay, had already discontinued outpatient specialty care and transportation services last month.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 11, 2012 - Most Missouri counties with the highest percentage of uninsured residents are concentrated in two congressional districts -- the 6th in the northern part of the state and the 8th in southeast Missouri, according to data in a new report.

The study does not break down the number of uninsured Missourians by congressional districts. But that is one way to look at the issue as federal lawmakers decide whether to try to reverse all or parts of the health reform law that will give most people access to health insurance by 2014.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 3, 2012 - Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, already is under pressure from Republican legislators who vow to oppose any expansion of Missouri’s Medicaid program, as called for under the federal Affordable Care Act, which was largely green-lighted last week by the U.S. Supreme Court.

But now, he’s a target on his left flank as well.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 10, 2011 - When Missouri set up a new high-risk health-insurance pool last year, officials projected that the program would serve about 3,000 people. In fact, fewer than 600 have signed up, with many others saying they cannot afford the premiums.

That's part of the reason state insurance officials have announced rate reductions averaging 23 percent for new and existing participants. The rate reductions are funded with $81 million in federal funds and premiums by policyholders.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 2, 2009 - You've seen the problem too many times in too many ways already.

Maybe you've encountered it in the doctor's office where you found yourself digging deeper into your wallet because the co-pay has doubled since your last visit. Perhaps it hit you when a catastrophic illness, such as cancer, made you lose your job and your employer-paid health insurance. Or maybe your eyes were opened after a divorce when you realized you not only had parted company with a spouse but with health benefits.